Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bull Valley, IL, USA
The life of a hi-mileage K12GT
Ive been on this forum for many years but rarely post, frankly because I was too lazy to add my input. I feel I owe this form some payback so I am doing an experiment. ....
I just bought an 07 K12GT with 86,xxx miles on it in central Texas, I am the third (or fourth) owner, bike has never been in an accident, needs a clutch, and I know most of the history.
What Im trying to do is give an un-biased description of the service needed and reliability expected when the 2nd-Gen K bikes reach past 100k miles. Hopefully it may help current hi-mileage users and prospective buyers fear or eliminate fear of buying a high-mileage K-bike.
A quick search on ebay reveals that many of these bikes have been blown by the cam chain issue, and thus parts are relatively cheap....
A little backround about me, early 50's riding since 12- have had between 150-175 bikes in my lifetime, all brands (not many british) and truly like motorcycles in general, regardless of brand or type. I have also wrenched on all of my bikes since childhood and have had a bike repair shop for about 7 years in my 20s until I needed to grow up and get a real job. That being said, if you don't wrench on your own bike, don't buy an 2nd Gen K bike, it wont be cost effective for you. Otherwise if you dont mind doing your own work I feel this may be the best value ever in the sport touring segment.
More to follow.....